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Hitachi Data Systems Launches New Technology In Nigeria

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Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Limited, has unveiled new technology in Nigeria in line with its global launch to accelerate customer success with business defined information technology (IT) - a closer linking of a company's business and technology objectives that demands a more responsive IT foundation.

The new technology, dubbed 'Continuous Cloud Infrastructure,' can drive IT efficiency through a responsive, software-rich architecture that can quickly react to changing needs without continual redesign and disruption, the company says.

With this goal in mind, Hitachi says it has delivered the Hitachi Storage Virtualisation Operating System (SVOS), Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G1000, a new version of the Hitachi Command Suite management platform and significant enhancements to its Hitachi Unified Compute Platform converged computing offerings.

Together, these technologies provide the foundation of an IT infrastructure that can adapt to continuously changing business needs, without disruption, the company says.

Ben Jooste, regional sales manager, sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa), Hitachi, says at the launch in Lagos, recently: 'Our customers across industries have told us for them to keep up with the fast pace of business, they are aligning the IT and business functions more closely than ever. IT teams are looking to new infrastructure strategies to deploy more continuous, adaptable and scalable infrastructure. Businesses need solutions that don't require constant and disruptive changes to the technology they support. And that is what we are delivering today.'

Hitachi Data Systems' new class-leading technologies come to market with integration across virtualisation platforms, databases and a variety of clustering and operating systems platforms, and can be quickly adopted to support a variety of workloads, according to the company.

It further says that deep work with strategic partners such as Microsoft, SAP and VMware ensures that SVOS and the VSP G1000 are certified in key initiatives like Microsoft Private Cloud deployments, SAP HANA's Tailored Data Centre Initiative and extended integration within VMware ecosystems.

According to Hitachi, SVOS is the first stand-alone software implementation of best-in-class Hitachi storage virtualisation, and this new storage operating system provides a common software architecture that will double the useful life of hardware architectures, span the breadth of the HDS infrastructure portfolio and enhance and amplify the benefits of server virtualisation.

As an evolution of the successful Hitachi enterprise storage operating systems, SVOS delivers the flexibility of software-defined architectures with the proven capabilities of Hitachi enterprise storage software, the company said, adding that primary features include flash optimisation, advanced storage virtualisation, automated tiering, non-disruptive data migration and a new native global active device feature that will provide multi-system and multi-datacentre active-active capabilities without the need for an appliance - an industry first.

Hitachi is also introducing the Hitachi VSP G1000, the first available system on which customers can natively deploy SVOS, saying this combination of market-leading software and the most reliable hardware on the planet provides customers a rock-solid foundation for mission critical applications in the enterprise.